What Size Dumpster Do I Need for Spring Cleaning?

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December 29, 2017

Spring is coming soon, and so is the cleaning that goes with it. A winter’s worth of waste piling up has many Virginia homeowners asking: “What size dumpster do I need?”

As spring approaches in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the Capital Corridor, local homeowners naturally start thinking about their plans for spring cleaning. All year, junk has been accumulating in garages and storage rooms, attics and cellars across the area. Outdated holiday decorations, bikes with broken frames, auto parts, old rags and unwanted Christmas presents have a way of piling up until space is short and you’re left wondering, “What size dumpster do I need to take care of all this junk?”

Trash Piles Up

The answer to that depends, of course, on how much you have and how big of a project you’re thinking of taking on. Small, lightweight bits of trash, such as wrapping paper and small boxes left over from Christmas, can often be broken down and dropped in the trash for curbside pickup. Bigger and heavier objects, such as broken-down washing machines and bulk trash like yard waste, usually can’t be put out to the curb and have to be specially collected and hauled away. Roll-on/roll-off dumpsters are the perfect choice for this, but many people feel they need help choosing the right size.

Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Dumpster Sizes

Dumpster sizes are fairly standardized across the industry, and that makes picking the right one relatively simple for inexperienced renters. Basically, dumpsters are sized by their capacity, as expressed in cubic yards:

  • 10-Yard Containers: These have a capacity of just under 10 cubic yards. That works out to about nine normal-sized dishwashers’ worth of trash. These containers tend to be about as large as a compact car and come up to an adult’s chest. They’re ideal for single-item loads or items too big for your regular trash.
  • 20-Yard Containers: These are big enough to hold 19 dishwashers, or the contents of a typical room. They’re no wider or taller than 10-yard containers, but they’re twice as long.
  • 30-Yard Containers: Great for yard waste, 30-yard containers can hold an acre of brush and leaves. Grass clippings and cut branches can be tossed into these containers, but it’s important to keep the rubbish under the interior fill line to avoid overloading and other safety issues.
  • 40-Yard Containers: These large containers are ideal for drywall, wood scraps, old shingles and other leftovers from a springtime remodel that can usually fill them to the top. They’re also good for cleaning out multiple rooms, such as the garage and attic.

What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

No matter how big your spring cleaning project is shaping up to be, it’s probably bigger than your curbside trash alone can handle. When you get in touch with ESI Waste and ask, “What size dumpster do I need?” our friendly and experienced staff can offer you advice and book a drop-off for whenever you’re ready to start the cleanup. Once the dumpster — of whatever size — is full, we’ll pick it up again and haul it away at no extra cost. Call or click today to schedule your dumpster service this spring.